‘Government failing on net zero action’

That’s the claim of a recent report, which claims the renewables industry could be growing at a much larger rate with more investment

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The government is falling short of its net zero commitments.

That’s the claim made by the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) in its latest report.

It’s revealed that the drive to renewables has shown ‘resilience’ through the pandemic – but has ultimately not reached the desired level.

One target was for 15% of the UK’s energy consumption to come from renewable sources by 2020, with the country only reaching 13.6% by the deadline.

The main area of failure according to the REA is government support for decarbonising heat and transport.

This is alongside too much of a focus on London and the Southeast, with the report calling for more distribution of investment and jobs for every region and part of the UK.

It does note there has been progress, such as a 76% increase in zero-emission vehicle registrations from 2020 to 2021 – but this is not enough for the government’s net zero aims.

“We are clear, tackling climate change and boosting our economy is not an ‘either-or’ decision. In fact, it goes hand in hand. I would urge the government to recognise the opportunities on offer for our country and finally match their warm words with action,” said Dr Nina Skorupska, REA CEO.

The REA claims that if the government maximises investment, the market value of the renewables sector could jump from £22 billion to £46 billion within 15 years.

BEIS has been approached for comment.